The parish council is part of the three tiers of Local Government which comprises Parish Council; District and County Council. There are 9 councillors elected every 4 years. Councillors are unpaid but have the services of a part-time (10 hours per week) paid Clerk to the Council. A Responsible Financial Officer is also employed to look after all financial affairs of the Council.
The Council meets in public on the last Tuesday of each month except for December.
A period for the public to address the Councillors is allowed at the start of each meeting. Normally our County Councillor, together with one or both of our Rother District Councillors attend the monthly meeting reporting on the activities of their respective Councils. Each year there is a Parish Assembly in April at which the Parish Council reports on the year's activities and local organisations are also invited to report on their activities. District and County Councillors usually attend these meetings and report on the activities of their Councils.
Notice of meetings is displayed on the parish notice boards one week before the meeting and minutes of the meetings are published on the parish notice board and additionally on the internet.
The Council has the powers to raise income by means of a precept levied on households in the parish and this is collected together with Council Tax by Rother District Council. The Council precept and expenditure is, of course, monitored annually by independent auditors.
This comprises a full and detailed audit by an internal auditor and scrutiny of the Annual Return by an external auditor.